Tilley AL 8A (1965 date?) Inspection Lamp

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  1. presscall

    presscall United Kingdom Subscriber

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    My query against the date is due to the faintness of the date stamp on the font base, but it’s certainly into the sixties and with a rather spartan tubular steel handle instead of a turned wooden handle I’d venture to suggest it was one of the last production models.

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    The bobbin-shaped fittings are a good fit for the base rim contours of the late-model font.

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    A knurled screw to secure the lamp at the base ...

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    ... and bolted at the top to the frame.

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    The date stamp - a couple of lighting variations in an attempt to tease out the final number - a five?

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    Mica globe.

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    The lamp’s led a hard life and the fon’t had a battering.

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    Strut fixing arrangement.

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    A couple of these dome-headed nuts to secure.

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    Reflector nuts aren’t original. One very knarled original remained - knurled brass finger nuts. I need to locate a couple. Meanwhile, the hexagon nuts will suffice.

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    The reflector too has been thumped, had paint or chemicals dripped on it. Not pristine.

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    Coated copper.

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    New washers, seals, fuelled up and ready to go. I’ll post a couple of photos later of it lit.

    John
     
  2. Henry Plews

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    @presscall

    I'd say that last digit was a five and considering it had to work for a living, the overall condition isn't too bad.
    Those locating bobbin-shaped fittings where one of the first things I noticed, mine came with that sort of tank (with badly blown base-plate) but the earlier stand with curved lugs which would have matched the profile of the earlier tanks.
    Not too many of these about, well done in securing this one.

    Henry.
     
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    Thanks Henry.
    Burgers on the grill, Tilley alight. Bliss.

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  4. ROBBO55

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    Nice presentation John and I also recon the last digit is a 5. :thumbup:
     
  5. Tony Press

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    @presscall

    The Base Camp might have the correct knurled nuts. I bought some from them a few years ago for a Tilley R1 (if that’s the correct size).

    Cheers

    Tony
     
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    I like the looks of it.
     
  7. JEFF JOHNSON

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    Well saved!:thumbup::thumbup:
     
  8. Wim

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    Looks like the lantern can also be used as a heater, with the reflector. Looks pretty good too!

    I'd also go for a "5" as last digit John @presscall . Not that my eyes are still that sharp...

    Best regards,

    Wim
     
  9. KAB

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    Nice lamp and in fair condition for age. I'm going to agree with the others and go for 1065XA. Enjoy
     
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    Nice lamp John thanks for sharing
     

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